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[UPDATE] 2016 MLA Special Session: More-Than-Human Publics in 19th-Century English Lit

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 2:42am
Shun Yin Kiang/ Northeastern University

Possible topics: animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life words, and narratives and poetics of living in common(s). We are interested in papers that attend to the affective, everyday nature of more-than-huamn encounters and eco-spheres, as invoked/mediated in Romantic poetry and Victorian fiction. The extent to which representations of more-than-human publics in 19th-century English literature confound rather than confirm taxonomic thinking, or, more broadly, the ways in which more-than-human publics animate new relations/approaches to eco-criticism, (post-)colonial studies, body politics, posthumanism, more-than-humanism, etc., are of interest to us as well.

Fabricating the Body: Post-modern and Post-human Bodies (MMLA: Columbus, OH Nov. 12-15 2015)

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 4:47pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

This year's Fabricating the Body panel is soliciting proposals for papers that explore the notion of bodies in our post-human or post-modern culture. Given this year's theme of "Arts and Sciences," this panel seeks papers that consider how scientific inquiry and philosophy has impacted our understanding of bodies in media (literature, film, comics, video games, etc.) or as consumers of media. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, theories of the post-human or post-modern body; (dis)abled, queer, global, marginalized, etc.

Call for Novel-Focused Blog Posts & Teaching Tools

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 3:07pm
Studies in the Novel

Studies in the Novel, a scholarly journal in its 47th year, invites submissions of guest blog posts and teaching resources to be considered as content on our newly-launched website, For the blog forum, we invite incisive, humorous, and intellectually speculative posts from the journal's readers, contributors, and the novel-loving community at large on issues of relevance to scholarship on the novel, new and noteworthy novels, or other novel topics. The selection and publication of blog posts will be at the discretion of the editor and the Studies in the Novel editorial advisory board.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Violent Feeling

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 2:20pm
MLA 2016

How might the study of violence shape debates in affect theory? Can affects be violent? Papers on representations of violence, affect theories of violence, and the violence of affective exchange in any time period.

Possible topics may include:
- Violence and the phenomenology of reading
- The role of violence in theories of disgust, rage, shock, etc.
- Structural violence, symbolic violence, or slow violence
- Affect and genres such as horror
- Trigger warnings

250-word abstracts and a brief bio to Anna Ioanes ( by March 15, 2015.


Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:54pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

Our first round of Regular and Affiliated Group CFPs are now live on our website! Please visit to look through our weekly updated list of panel proposals.

We are still accepting CFP proposals as well.

SAMLA 87 will take place November 13th through 15th, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. Our topic, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts" invites interdisciplinary session proposals that investigate the relationship literature and language hold with their fellow arts.